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Yahsat brings access to rural communities

Planned satellite broadband service will compete against traditional ISPs.

UAE-based Yahsat is planning to launch a satellite broadband internet service aimed at businesses and individuals in remote areas in the Middle East, Africa, and South West Asia.

The service will be available for both home users and enterprises through Yahsat 1B, Yahsat's second satellite, which is to be launched in mid-2011. The service is the latest announcement from Yahsat, which is investing a total of US $1.8 billion in the launch of its two satellites and the rollout of its services.

‘YahClick' will compete mainly with terrestrial data service providers, and Yahsat's CEO Jassem Al Zaabi says he is confident that the service will be a hit, particularly with smaller companies and individuals in remote areas who need reliable internet access.

"Today there is a demand that outperforms supply, mainly catered by terrestrial networks. YahClick will fast track the deployment of broadband service and bring the internet to millions of underserved and unserved people and organisations at costs comparable to terrestrial services," Al Zaabi told GULFCOMMS Times.

Services, he said, will be available from around US $30 per month.

The system design behind YahClick will allow it to cater to various types of user, ranging from basic internet access for home users to high speed services for corporate users.

Shortly after the launch of the satellite, YahClick will be available through service partners throughout the coverage area. Service partners will bundle hardware and software, offering packages tailor-made for specific markets and user segments.

Yahsat 1B will deliver internet connectivity through its Ka-band multi-spot beams, with reusable frequencies to maximise spectrum efficiency. The multi spot-beam technology means greater efficiency on the ground, which enables use of a smaller antenna size with a low power amplifier.

Yahsat is the UAE's first nationally-owned satellite operator and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala.

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